Savannah Now

What’s New in the 282 Year Old City

There is a great deal new in the first city of Georgia.  From the arts, to high education, fashion, restaurants, breweries and hotels, it is all happening in and around the National Historic Landmark District.

The Savannah Cultural Arts Center

is planned to be a true “hands-on” center for the arts. Along with the to-be-expected art galleries and performing arts stage, will be art studios, support offices, and workshops for local and regional artists as well as for any Savannahians who would like to take a try at the arts. The project is “on-schedule” and will rise at Montgomery and Oglethorpe Streets near the Savannah Civic Center.

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The Savannah Cultural Arts Center

 

Also in the works is The Blake,

a block-long complex of residences for students. This will be along Selma Avenue just west of Martin Luther King Boulevard at the Historic District.

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The Blake Student Residences
The Blake
The Blake Student Residences

 

On Broughton Street,

the new H&M Fashion Department Store is under construction as part of the total shopping district renovation.

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H&M Fashion Department Store
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Broughton Street of old.

 

Published in Architectural Digest, and named as one of the top new restaurants in America,

The Grey was originally a Greyhound Bus Station. What a contrast this building has traveled, from its segregated past– to today’s American success story.

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The Grey
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The Grey
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The Grey
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The Grey

 

By far the most exciting project in planning stages for Savannah is Plant Riverside,

an adaptive reuse of the old power plant on West River Street. The several blocks-long development will feature a large boutique hotel, along with restaurants, shops, music venue and more. This will be the third exceptionally fabulous project in Savannah by Kessler Hotels Group.

Riverside, photos and renderings of a proposed new development in Savannah.

The old power plant at the west end of River Street in historic Savannah, located on prime waterfront property, has bee shuttered for years. With the aid of a multi million dollar tax credit from the State of Georgia, developer Richard Kessler plans to renovate the plant into a luxery hotel with shops, restaurants, a music venue and more. photo by John Carrington
Old Plant Riverside (photo: John Carrington)

 

New Odds & Bad Ends:

Adjacent to mid-century modern Drayton Tower, two five-story buildings are to be constructed as an upscale hotel called Perry Lane. Great concept, but the preliminary design provided looks really dreadful, below.

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New fire and public safety station at Savannah Harbor on Hutchinson Island

 

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Great new brewery: Service Brewing Co. near the Tallmadge Bridge

 

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New for foodies:  Smith Bros. Butcher Shop

 

The Doesn’t End Well plan:

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Bad News: over development of retail at Victory Drive. These dollars should be spent redeveloping the Southside in new urbanism. This historic area has too much traffic and should not be a location for big box stores and huge parking lots.

 

And, finally, a few recent shots of SCAD:

SCAD Savannah – 2015 Summer – Exhibitions – John Bisbee – "Floresco", jewel boxes – SCAD Museum of Art – Photography by John McKinnon courtesy of SCAD.
SCAD Savannah – 2015 Summer – Exhibitions – John Bisbee – “Floresco”, jewel boxes – SCAD Museum of Art – Photography by John McKinnon courtesy of SCAD.
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The Hive student dorms
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Pepe Hall (1920)
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Pepe Hall interior
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Morris Hall, fashion marketing center
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The Student Center was, originally, one of the first synagogues in Georgia.
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The Student Center interior

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The SCAD Museum of Art
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